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11/9/07 9:45 A

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At the last minute, I heard about a small indoor tri, and since I have been hopelessly neglecting my training this year, I thought it might be a good way to end the season, and maybe make me more motivated for next year.

It was a timed course. We swam 10 minutes in the pool, then pedalled 20 minutes on a spin bike, then went to the treadmills for a 20 minute run. We had 10 minutes for each of the transitions.

My times overall were awful, as can be expected by someone who didn't prepare at all. But I met all my goals that I had set prior to the event. I was especially pleased with my average of 19 mph on the bike! And that I didn't need to walk at all on the treadmill...

It was a different perspective to do an indoor tri--the competition aspect is different, because you really can't tell how anyone else is doing. Except the pool--I could tell when I got lapped! Otherwise, it was just very personal, and determining how much YOU want to exert yourself. And now I have a baseline to improve from for the same race next year. After all, weather can't affect the race!

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10/21/07 10:23 P

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Oh, and I forgot to mention one thing: WHAT I WOULD HAVE DONE FOR A COURSE THAT WASN'T HILLY!! Owie. But, the hill is supposed to be there, right? ;)

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10/21/07 10:19 P

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I just wanted to say that I am now tried and true. I did my first tri earlier today - it was a local sprint tri. I cannot even tell you how fun it was!! I am definitely planning on doing more in the future, especially after I actually learn how to swim, hehe!

I don't know my overall time totals yet, but I was pleased with my performance and the fact that I completed the goal that I set out to complete: to finish. I think I did the 250 yard swim, 9-mile bike and 2 mile run in about 1 hour 10-15 minutes (I was so excited after I crossed the finish line that I didn't even remember to stop my watch!). The timing chip times will be posted by tomorrow night - I can't wait to see them! I was stoked to see myself sprint across the finish after an exhausting swim and the first 5 minutes of the bike. :)

Cheers to all!

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10/5/07 1:58 P

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Congratulations on a great first race!

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10/5/07 1:38 P

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I'm a little late in posting, but I finished my first triathlon on September 9th. It was the Big Kahuna Half Ironman (yes I picked a Half Iron as my first tri) and I am really pleased with how I did.

The 1.2 swim is around the Santa Cruz Wharf and I did it in a surprising 46 minutes. Most of the summer, my goal time was around 60 minutes, and towards the end of training, that goal time dropped to about 55 minutes, so I was really stoked with the 46 minute time.

My T1 was a little bit of a mess as I needed to use the restrooms. Then I took off on my bike without my Camelbak (good thing I had an extra water bottle of Gatorade on the bike) and then my bike computer refused to work. Those two things probably messed with my mind more than anything else. Especially not having the computer - its hard not knowing how far you are, how fast you're going, etc.

The 56 mile bike ride was fine - not my fastest, not my slowest - 3:35 or so. I had to make sure I didn't go out too hard too early since I didn't know how far I was, so I took it conservative.

T2 went much better and the 13.1 mile run was "alright". I was feeling fine until about mile 5 when my knee started bugging me. I had to walk a little of every mile after that, plus another potty break at mile 7. The last .1 mile is run along the beach, so it's a little difficult running in the sand (though the hard pack by the water was better). The last 25 yards or so is run in the soft sand, which is really not easy to run in....especially at the end of a half-ironman. Run time was 2:46.

Overall, I did 7:30. I wasn't the last (maybe a 12-15 from last) but I didn't care. I did what I set out to do and I survived the day. Now I'm hooked (maybe not on halfs, but on tri's in general).

Good luck to others who are still training for their tris!

 
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9/5/07 4:31 P

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Next up for the winter will be more base building...and I've got to shed a few more pounds- I managed to gain about six pounds once the training really kicked up (and some of that sure isn't muscle) so that is priority one. My first race next spring will probably be in april - there is a local one that sounds fun.

When will your next race be? Any winter time plans?

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9/5/07 4:00 P

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Congrats! They say it takes 3 times to 'race' a race. Once you try it - you either play it safe or bust up. The second time you push and sometimes a little too hard..lessons are learned. The 3rd time you know exactly what to do :) Sounds like you are well on your way. Good stuff. Whats next for you?

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9/5/07 3:52 P

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This will be a combo Van Tri/ my first race report!

The race was Labour Day Monday in Stanley Park (Vancouver, BC) and followed a weekend of cool drizzly weather. I was up at 5am and was happy not to hear the pitter patter of raindrops as I ate breakfast. My boyfriend and I were staying with my cousin (who raced the Oly) near Stanley Park so we only had a short drive to get to the transition area to set up. After organizing my gear I had an hour to wait until my wave started. The tide was quite low at the start of the first wave - the oly men under 40- and a number of athletes fell on the slippery beach just before the water, ugh. The water was reported at 16 Celsius, ~60 F, so I hopped in early to paddle around and get used to the chilly water. My wave started a few minutes early...with a fairly big group of people- all male and female sprinters mixed together. The horn went off and we all began to run/wade out for a ways as the water was pretty shallow. After a minute catching my breath and getting into the groove of the swim I was into my best open water swim- calm and focused which really was a change from the practice swim on Saturday that was less than smooth. Out of the water and into T1 was a quick trot up the beach with a less than quick transition time to follow (3 minutes-eek!). The bike was good - two laps of the park with one (x2) surprisingly steep and longish hill that made the zippy downhill back to the transition area/finish line so much sweeter. T2 was faster only having to change into my running shoes. I had a slow and steady start to my run- complicated by the elastic laces that I didn't do up tight enough which led to my heels lifting enough to cause foot cramping. My run time wasn't as fast as I'd like it to be, but that will come with future races- I wasn't sure how hard to push myself and found at the end of the run I had more than enough left in the tank for a fairly decent sprint to the end.

It was a great race- wonderful to have my bf and lots of family there cheering! It was a nicely organized race- great experience overall.

oh- my results: 10th in my age group and 93rd overall(bib)#280
http://www.multisportscanada.com/Res...n
t_Overall.txt

Can't wait for the start of races next year!
Jennifer

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9/4/07 11:32 A

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1/2 Ironman

5:37:26 24/62 women
swim 38:38 avg 2:00/100m
bike 2:52:23 avg 31.3km/h
run 1:59:54 avg 5:41/1km
T1 4:28 T2 2:05


Hmm... so lets see what happened here...

1) feeling ok with the swim...started back, found my place quick and found my stroke fairly fast. My sighting still stinks...overall, comfortable, could have pushed a bit more - would have loved to get in under the 2:00 /100. I admit to doing breast stroke now and then to just see whats going on. T1 was slow, but i took care on purpose to not get riled up.

2)98% solid...Im sure if I could figure out how to corner the hairpins without almost stopping, and if I didnt drop a water bottle, and if I didnt bust my rear deraileur lever in the last lap, I could have made my avg time/km over 32 (stuck in massive hard gear, killed my legs for a long time into the run. I know i can keep over 32 on that course. Struggled with food - blech...T2 kinda slow too, but I like to take care and tie my shoes, grab a drink etc.

3)Didnt have any legs under me for a long time. Worked itself out, sort of - but felt really really frusterated seeing all the women I cycled into the dirt blow by me on the run not to be seen again. Still tho, fastest 1/2 marathon so far...walked all aid stations to get in as much nutrition as I could considering I didnt take in enough food on the bike. Was able to finish fairly strong. I really want to get that 5:00 km! grr...next time.

Overall feeling like i had a good year and season with the time I had.

What's next....well, weights gotta go down and running has to re-focus, hand in hand:)

What should I do next season?? Im looking to travel next summer tp a race - suggestions?



Edited by: NUTMEGGZ at: 9/4/2007 (11:34)
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8/28/07 2:14 P

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I did my first tri on sunday -- the Richmond Sprint Tri in Virginia. Did much better than expected -- 1:23! I would have been happy at 1:30, so I was pleased. Swim was a little slow because I went out too fast, and I was afraid I was going to be slow for the rest of the tri, but I pulled out a good bike time, and a PR on the run. Awesome fun!

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Last Sunday, I did the Catfish Sprint Triathlon in Harrisburg, PA. My first! Yay!

My swim leg was better than expected, but the bike and run legs were very disappointing. I didn't push the bike as hard as I could have because I wanted to save energy for the run leg. And then during the run I got a gut ache, preventing me from using the juice I saved up.

I'm just glad I finished. It felt good!

Tho', for the last month, I've been feeling under the weather, with general malaise and recently, some pain on my right side under the rib cage (same spot that hurt during the tri run leg).

I'm thinkin' it could be a gallstone . . . but I hope not! I'd love to do another Sprint tri this summer. Just need to snap out of this funk.

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7/31/07 4:22 P

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Congratulations CILEAN. Sounds like you had a good time last weekend. And best of luck to you this coming weekend. You'll be fine!! Make sure you let us know how it goes.

Kerri
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7/31/07 2:25 P

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Hi,
I'm a long time lurker, but I wanted to post that I have an AquaVelo race report up on my livejournal at http://stuckinord.livejournal.com
It's super long though, I'm sorry.
My first full race is still coming up, The Culpeper Sprint in VA this weekend...eeek!

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2/17 Austin marathon (1st marathon evar!!)
3/16 Shamrock Half marathon
4/6 Cherry Blossom 10 miler
4/20 Lake Anna Sprint Tri?
4/26 C&O Canal one day hike?
5/3 Arlington Science Focus 5k
5/18 Columbia Olympic Tri
6/28 PRR 4 miler
7/12 Diamond in the Rough Olympic Tri?
8/16 Luray Olympic Tri?
9/6 Patriot's Half Ironman
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7/31/07 10:07 A

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Way to go KRISTAMASON1!!! I've never had a change like that for a race, but I can imagine the unprepared part on something like that. Sounds like you handled it well though... and doing MUCH better than you expected is definitely a plus.

LellieGirl and Marajacde648 had races this past weekend... looks like it was the first sprint for both of them. Hope they went well and we'd love to hear from you guys!
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07/29/07 marajade648 Y Danskin Sprint Webster, MA


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I finally had my first race of the season...a little late start. We ended up being rained out of the swim, so instead of my nice swim (I was born and raised a swimmer, that's the easy part for me!) it turned into a Duathalon! I was not prepared for a 5K-12mi-5K! But I did much better than I expected, and I was really proud of myself. I was able to push myself really hard, which I've had a hard time doing in the past.

 
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7/24/07 11:43 A

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Congrats to both of you!! That's excellent. It sounds like you both had fun and that's the important part. I hope to read many more reports like this from you.

And you're right Impersonally... there were a few others that raced this weekend. ;-)

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7/24/07 10:31 A

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Congrats, Impersonally!

I did my first tri (500m-8 mi-3.5 mi) on July 8th. I was SO nervous, but I did it! Aside from my chain falling off my bike halfway through (thankfully one of the volunters directing us on the course was able to fix it) and strolling through the transitions (5 minutes and 4 minutes) I FINISHED in 1:20! And I didn't have to walk any of the run, which I was super happy about. I have my next one on August 19th.

And of course, I'm hooked!


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7/23/07 5:58 P

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Wow, there were tons of races this past weekend! How did everyone's go?

Mine was my first ever, a sprint triathlon in NJ. My fiance did it with me (but I beat him, which was probably the best part, haha). Swim was terrifying (couldn't see ANYTHING in the water, nobody warned me about that ...), but manageable, and somehow I was timed doing the 500M in 13:20, which I don't exactly believe. But I'll take it! Transitions went pretty smoothly (I took my time though, 6 minutes on one, 2 minutes on the other). I reached my bike and running goals, and overall time was 1:48:27. I can't wait for the official pictures to come out :)

So there were supposed to be four others doing tris this past weekend ... any other stories?

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Just a place holder... you can add a race report here or create a new topic for it.

Kerri
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